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Review written on Whitelines A5 paper:

Hi-Tec-C on Whitelines - Click for full-size image

Hi-Tec-C on Whitelines - Click for full-size image

A fellow pen lover [hello Kim!] asked to see what the Pilot Hi-Tec-C in Olive looks like. I’m going to do her one better and review LAVENDER also =) I ordered both pens from Jetpens.com, and they arrived swiftly. Yes. Swiftly! As you can see from the other pictures, both pens have a needlepoint. They write very smoothly, and normally do not skip. For some reason, though, the lavender pen chooses to to skip on this White lines graph paper. [ notice up towards the top where I wrote “Lavender .4 mm”, and in the Y in “very” when I wrote “write very smoothly”. Ironic, no? ] It’s like the dog that chooses not to do tricks when others are watching. The barrel is comfortable to hold; not too thin and not too thick. However, I’m partial to pen grips because my hand fatigues easily when writing. I like the weight of the pens as well. Provides “balance” if you know what I mean…

Although it’s difficult to see where the lavender pen skipped in the review, it’s definitely there. I may end up scanning the review and posting it in hopes of a clearer picture. I think it’s time for a new camera =P

One thing I almost forgot to mention is that I accidentally left the Olive pen uncapped overnight in my backpack. Surprisingly, this wonderful gel pen did not dry out or skip on me. Another reason to consider Hi-Tec-C pens!

Olive on the left, Lavender on the right

Olive on the left, Lavender on the right

Needle close-upe

Needle close-up

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Just last week I ordered the Pentel Selfit .7 mm ballpoint pen from Jet Pens. It has a silicone gel grip with over 4000 gel beads and pieces for a personalized ergonomic grip. The grip bounces back slowly, so if you’re particular about keeping the same grip for a certain amount of time, you may like this pen.

Pentel Selfit in packaging

Pentel Selfit in packaging

Reverse side of Pentel Selfit packaging - wish I could read Japanese...

Reverse side of Pentel Selfit packaging - wish I could read Japanese...

It has a white barrel with colored gel grips and clips. You have the choice of 5 different colors: Cool Gray, Green, Orange, Pink, and Sky Blue. The only refill that is available is black in .7 mm. If you’ll look at the picture below [or click for a larger picture], you’ll see the protrusions on the refill that are supposed to catch onto the spring when you depress the plunger. Personally, I prefer gel pens so I’ll be on the lookout for a refill that fits.

Pentel Selfit refill

Take note of where the protrusions are on the refill. This should help when trying to find a gel refill for this pen.

Pentel Selfit Rhodia

Ramblings on a Rhodia Notepad

This pen has a very nice grip. Not too squishy. Not too firm. According to the description on Jet Pens, there are several microbeads that confirm to the shape of your hand.

As you can see, there are ink blobs as I write. This happens to be a ballpoint pen as opposed to a gel ink pen. I did ask Jet Pens if any other refills could be used [like with the Zebra Airfit Jell and Zebra Sarasa clip refills], but they checked the warehouse and could not find refills with the same protrusions on the barrel of the refill. I would like a .5 mm for this.

Even as I write, my hand is getting a little tired. The grip is still very comfortable.

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It has a white barrel with colored gel grips and clips. You have the choice of 5 different colors: Cool Gray, Green, Orange, Pink, and Sky Blue. The only refil that is available is black in .7 mm. If you’ll lok at the picture below, you’ll see the protrusions on the refill that are supposed to catch onto the spring when you depress the plunger.

I recently ordered the Uni-Ball Kuru Toga auto lead rotation mechanical pencil [again, I say “whew”]. If you use mechanical pencils, then you’re familiar with the fact that your .5mm lead can go from writing a very fine line to one that is almost .7mm after doodling away for some time. Rotate the pencil in your hand, and you’re back to writing a fine line. Sort of like “paper sharpening.” This pencil does exactly what its name says it does. As you write, a mechanism in the pen rotates the lead so that there is always a paper-sharpened edge of the lead touching the paper. I’m not an artist, but I can still appreciate a sharp line as I write notes. Genius.

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First order with Jetpens was a little... excessive

First order with Jetpens was a little... excessive

I’m a little late in getting to this post. I placed orders with Jet Pens last week, and here is one of my orders [right]. There’s a couple of Uni-ball Signo DX pens in the mix. There’s also a Uni-Ball Kuru Toga Auto lead rotation mechanical pencil [whew], some Pilot Frixion erasable ink pens, and a Uni-Ball paper clipper.

Eventually I’d like to get around to reviewing some of the other pens and supplies on here. Don’t know if it’ll happen anytime soon, but I’ll try.

Now for the Signo DX. The .28mm is really, really, realllly thin, and writes scratchy at this width. I’ve gotten used to it, and it’s not a deal breaker, but I’m used to writing with Uniball Signo 207 pens, which write very smoothly. I raided a few office stores last year during the Back-to-School sales to pick up some Signo 207s in the Needle and Micro tips. Now these pens are awesome to write with.

One thing I do like about the extra fine point of the Signo DX .28mm is the extra fine line that goes along with it. I tote around a couple of Moleskines [a cahier, squared journal, and a planner] and the xfine line is a must, especially if I have a ton of things to jot down in a tiny space reserved for “April 24”.

Very rarely do I completely use up a pen’s ink supply; normally I lose interest in using the pen after a few weeks. The only exception is at work where I use Bic Stic ballpoint pens, and that’s because I would rather use up corporate’s ink supply rather than my own for work purposes.

I hope to have more reviews posted soon. I’d also post more pics, but I loaned my camera to my friend. Pics next week. Maybe. Hopefully.

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